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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the prevalence of cognitive changes, and at least 3 common cognitive challenges experienced by people living with multiple sclerosis.

  • Describe the difference between screening and full neuropsychological assessment, as well as identify, concretely, how often and with whom they should be referred for screening and assessment.

  • Identify at least three strategies for improving or managing MS-related cognitive challenges.

Course Summary

What this course is all about

Up to 65% of individuals living with MS experience changes in their cognition. This podcast CE course will review the types of cognitive challenges experienced by people with MS, etiology of cognitive changes, ways to assess for cognitive decline, and strategies improving or addressing cognitive difficulties. A unique focus of this episode will be on the interaction between emotions and cognition, and the role mental health providers can play in helping individuals with MS improve cognitive functioning and emotion regulation.

Course curriculum

Published: June 9, 2022

About this course

  • $30.00

Instructors

Clinical Neuropsychologist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Laura Hancock, PhD

Laura Hancock, PhD is a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in the research and clinical care of people with multiple sclerosis. She is an assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her current work focuses on several projects, including improving our understanding of cognition in older adults with MS, improving gray matter MR imaging to better measure total disease burden in MS, and the identification of sensory and motor changes which might detect individuals in midlife who are at high risk for preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. She enjoys teaching and has mentored several postdoctoral fellows in neuropsychology to teach them about clinical evaluation and intervention for people who have MS. She also works with several MS non-profit organizations to provide educational content.

Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Ohio State University and the Director for the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging Ruchika Prakash, PhD

Dr. Ruchika Prakash is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Ohio State University and the Director for the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been doing research on lifestyle interventions in people with MS for the last 19 years. She is the advisor for the Clinical Neuroscience Lab where she works with PhD students, undergraduate students, and post-doctoral associates to better understand how physical activity training and mindfulness meditation helps improve cognition, reduce depression and anxiety, and impact brain plasticity in individuals with MS. She has published over 78 peer-reviewed journal articles, and her research is funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the National Institutes of Health. She is also a member of the Psychosocial Wellness Group at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and frequently presents her research on topics of psychosocial wellness to various public audiences.

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